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benedict left the vatican today in an emotional ceremony witnessed by tens of thousands in romes and millions an the world. the resignation became effective minutes ago at 11:00 our time. right now, pope benedict xvi is resting in the new home, a live picture where you will see the guard, the swiss guards, are no longer standing guard. their job is to protect the head of the church. a few minutes ago, the guards actually closed the doors dramatically and left their post to head back to the vatican. nick is live in rome with the latest. >> pope benedict xvi has performed the final and most memorable act, historic resignation that could transform the catholic church. he ended it humbly. after eight years, a modest simple wave and it was over. (inaudible). >> from the summer retreat, pope benedict xvi closed the door and said good by to the closist advisors and a happy wave before boarding the helicopter and then a lap in the air around the vatican and a beautiful blue sky in rome. each step recorded live by dozens of cameras, which has never been seen before in the history of the c
with the outgoing pope benedict. >> they have known each other since the early 80's and the cardinal told us he will meet with the pope on thursday morning for a farewell which will be very emotional. when the pope, when he was a cardinal, he chose him to replace him as the prefect of the congregation and when he was pope benedict he elevated him to cardinal in 2006. he retired last year and never thought he would be part of a conclave. pope benedict's resignation surprised him and he is landing to leave for rome tomorrow and said even if you are not catholic he is asking you keep him if your thoughts. >> i will be the first former ambassador -- archbishop of san francisco to have this solemn duty. i rely on the prayers of all the faithful of church and i ask the prayers of my brothers and sisters in other christian communities. jesus has assured us that the prayers we pray to god will receive a response. i ask, as well, the good will and prayers of the whole community for this important moment in the history of the catholic church. >> the conclave is not without controversy. the scottish cardi
pope benedict was the favorite to fill the big shoes left by the beloveed pope juan paul ii, he never veered from his beliefs, condemning gay marriage, ordaining women and allowing priests to marry. the eight year tenure was one of the shortest in history, but it was not without controversy. the vatican continued to face scathing criticism for the accusations of sexual abuse by priests. in 2008 the pope said the scandal in the united states made him feel deeply ashamed. during a visit he met privately with victims of pedophile priests. >> in words of man could describe the pain. >> catholic cardinals will gather in rome in march to elect the new pope. it is likely his successor could be in place by easter sunday. >> many betting firms are placing odds on who will be the next pope. right now, cardinal peter turkson of ghana is the favorite. he is 65 and would be the first black pope. he is head of the vatican justice and peace bureau. other favorites include someone from nigeria. >> the shockwaves reached to the bay area. we are joined live with that part of the story. a lost catholics
the current pope benedict will be called emeritus after he steps down. >> despite tensions between the united states and north korea former nba star rodman arrived this morning. he is in the communist country with several globetrotters and a crew from a magazine planning to run a basketball camp for kids and play pickup games with the locals. it is for new tv show. the state department says it was not contacted about the trip. >> and our meteorologist, mike nicco in. >> a lot of sunshine. could not pass up this beautiful picture off the bay this morning, with warm spring-like temperatures. there is a small drawback: tree pollen will be out control. well find out when the next thing rain comes in and washes that out in the seven-day outlook. >> plus action new study on the power of sleep. how not getting enough can actually change your genes. >> first lady reveals the real source of president obama's gray hair and what she is telling robin roberts about life in the white house. >> daly city, dublin, los gatos and all bay area, this is abc7 news. >> a startling new report showing more teenagers
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